CAPE CORAL, Fla. – A family-owned hardware store in the heart of downtown Cape Coral has been in business since 1971. Cape Family Hardware continues to compete with bigger retailers thanks in most part to their loyal customers, and new and unique items on their shelves.
For weeks, the store has benefited from a partnership with a local artist.
A collection of Cape Coral themed cups, stickers, magnets, and bags have been selling like hotcakes. Local artist Brenda Boss is behind the images that include burrowing owls, fish, and birds of the city.
Customers sometimes even get upset if the items run out of stock in the hardware store.
Jeremy Peterson said the partnership has driven new buyers through his
doors and he’s glad he can help support another local small business.
“We have a hotel across the
street so we have you know a lot of people looking for little trinkets
and stuff for their visit to Cape Coral. It’s great to help out someone
while offering a great product to our customers,” Peterson said.
The biggest seller is a burrowing themed coffee mug.
Cape Coral, Lee County Florida, 33914, 33904, 33993
Snowbirds aren’t the only ones who find a home in Cape Coral to be paradise. Actual birds, such as burrowing owls, as well as an abundance of aquatic and land creatures, share the area with us as well, and we are so happy to have them. In Cape Coral, we are particularly fond of our burrowing owl residents, who provide us endless enjoyment and entertainment and can be easily viewed from our own backyards.
A few interesting facts to note about burrowing owls:
Burrowing owls are so named because they live in underground holes
dug they dig in our soft sandy soil. A burrow can be up to 10 feet long
and 1-3 feet deep.
They are one of the smallest owl species found in North America.
Burrowing owls have long legs, brown spotted feathers, and distinctive white eyebrows.
They feed on insects, amphibians, reptiles, other birds, and small rodents such as moles and mice.
The current population of burrowing owls is estimated to be less than 20,000 owls, and is considered to be on a steady decline.
Burrowing owls are found throughout North America, and as far north as Canada and as far south as South America.
Burrowing owls are most active during Spring.
Unlike other owl species, burrowing owls are active during the day.
They prefer wide, open areas where they can perch close to the ground.
The call of a burrowing owl is a chattery, chuckling sound.
To express excitement or anger, a burrowing owl will bob its head repeatedly.
During a typical nesting season, female burrowing owls will lay 3-12 eggs.
A burrowing owl chick can fly once it reaches 6 weeks old.
The long legs of a burrowing owl allow it to sprint on the ground while hunting.
The main threat to burrowing owls today is habitat destruction.
The burrowing owl is the official mascot for Florida Atlantic University.
In Florida, burrowing owls are considered a “species of special concern.”
Cape Coral is home to the largest population of burrowing owls in Florida.